1 The Almighty Divine One, God of Gods, Jehovah has spoken. He has summoned the earth from where the sun rises to where it sets.
2 God shines from Zion. He is the perfection of beauty.
3 Our God will come and will not keep silent. A devouring fire is in front of him and a raging storm is around him.
4 He addresses summons heaven and earth to judge his people:
5 »Gather around me, my godly ones who have made a covenant with me through sacrifices.«
6 The heavens declare his righteousness because God is the judge.
7 »Listen, my people, and I will speak. Hear O Israel, while I testify against you: I am God, your God!
8 »I do not reprove you for your sacrifices or burnt offerings, which are constantly always in front of me.
9 »But I will not accept another young bull from your household or a single male goat from your pens.
10 »Every living thing in the forest, even the cattle on a thousand hills, is mine.
11 »I know every bird in the mountains. Everything that moves in the fields is mine.
12 »If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and all that it contains are mine.
13 »Do I eat the meat of bulls or drink the blood of male goats?
14 »Bring your thanks to God as a sacrifice, and pay make good your vows to the Most High.
15 »Call on me in times of trouble. I will rescue you, and you will honor me.«
16 But God says to the wicked: »How dare you quote my decrees and mouth my covenant!
17 »You hate discipline. You cast throw my words behind you.
18 »When you see a thief, you make friends with him. You keep company with people who commit adultery.
19 »You let your mouth speak evil. Your tongue plans deceit.
20 »You sit and talk against your own brother. You slander your own mother's son.
21 »When you did these things, I remained silent. That made you think I was like you. I will argue my point with you and lay it all out for you to see.
22 »Consider this, you who do not remember God. Otherwise, I will tear you to pieces, and there will be no one to deliver.
23 »Whoever offers thanks as a sacrifice honors me. I will let everyone who continues in my way see the salvation that comes from God.«